Post Breast Surgery / Mastectomy Massage
These sessions, provided by Monique Illona, NCTMB, are geared specifically to women who have undergone breast surgery, including augmentation, reduction and mastectomy.
“It is time for gentle and efficient breast care to be brought into the realm of accepted practice. Armed with knowledge and a clear understanding of boundaries, we can eliminate the controversy surrounding this legitimate, necessary therapeutic application.”
- Bruno Chikly , MD
In addition to the goals and benefits of Breast Massage, it is important to facilitate shoulder movement and release holding after the extreme positioning during surgery and biopsies. Post Surgery / Mastectomy Massage offers a physical and emotional respite from pain and discomfort. It helps alleviate guarding, stress and fear, especially in the chest, abdomen, rib cage and shoulders. Protecting these areas causes rigidity and contraction, which in turn sets up an unhelpful holding pattern. These sessions can also focus on softening and reducing scar tissue, and working on improved lymph flow – both very important after the removal of lymph nodes in avoiding lymphedema (swelling due to lymph fluid blockage).
After undergoing a lumpectomy, 80% of women in a massage study receiving massage 3 times a week over a five week period had improved immune function (Massage Magazine, 1999)
*Limiting bra wearing to under 12 hours a day may decrease breast cancer by as much as 21% (Singer & Grismaijer, 1996)